Electrical engineering undergrad awarded prestigious fellowship

Matthew Johnson, a senior in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas A&M University, has been selected to receive the National Excellence Fellowship (NEF) award. Photo of Matthew Johnson

Johnson received a Level 1 NEF award, which will provide $40,000 annually for four years. The fellowship award will be reviewed annually for renewal of the second, third and fourth years. While being supported under the Level I program, students, in coordination with their faculty advisors, will be expected to submit proposals to obtain complementary fellowship funding for their doctoral studies.

Johnson was born in Plano, Texas, to Kenneth and Deidra Johnson and lives in the Dallas area. His father, aunt and uncle are all Texas A&M graduates. He attended high school at The Covenant School of Dallas, a small private Christian school in Dallas where he played on the baseball and basketball teams. In high school he graduated as Valedictorian and was a National Merit Scholar, a Presidential Scholar Semifinalist and a National AP Scholar. 

Johnson has attended Texas A&M for four years through the President's Endowed Scholarship program and is in his final semester of completing a Bachelors of Science.

As an undergrad he is currently or has previously been involved in Freshman Leader's in Christ, IEEE, HKN and Tau Beta Pi, as well as various other student organizations. He has also participated in four internships, two terms with L-3 Communications, one term with Raytheon and one term with Knowledge Based Systems Inc. As a graduate student, Johnson plans on pursuing a Ph.D. in electrical engineering with a focus on power electronics.

The National Excellence Fellowship program supports the vitality of the engineering, scientific and technological workforce in the United States and to reinforce its diversity. Having a strong science and technology knowledge base that will permanently reside in the United States is critical in maintaining this country's strength in higher education, economic development, and national security.

Participants in this program are expected to become knowledge experts who can contribute significantly to research, teaching, and innovations in engineering and technology. These individuals will be crucial to maintaining and advancing the nation's technological infrastructure and national security as well as contributing to the economic well-being of society at large.